Clínica Fertia

Stimulated cycle

What is a stimulated cycle?

A stimulated cycle constitutes the first therapeutic step within reproduction treatments. The objective of a stimulated cycle is to stimulate the development of more than one ovum and to concentrate the couple’s sexual intercourse on the most fertile days.

When is stimulated cycle indicated?

This treatment is especially indicated for young couples when the origin of the infertility cannot be identified (EOD) or in the case of women who present a lack of ovulation (anovulation).


This treatment usually begins with the use of Clomiphene Citrate, one oral tablet is taken daily for 5 days, between the third and seventh day of the menstrual cycle. In cases of anovulation, this technique is essential to perform a stimulated cycle.

Another therapeutic option is the use of hormones to carry out the cycle. In this case, the hormones are given by subcutaneous injection into the abdomen.
The stimulated cycle usually begins on the second or third day. During this period, follicular development is monitored by ultrasound, until the follicles have reached the appropriate number and size. At that moment, ovulation is triggered by another hormone (HCG), and intercourse is scheduled in the two subsequent days.

Frequently asked questions about reproduction treatments

If you would like more information about our treatments, we are always available to help and answer any of your questions.

How long do I have to wait to start treatment?
If the evaluation is successful, treatment can be started immediately.
Treatment can be scheduled for the month that best suits the couple. In the case of egg recipients, the waiting time is usually one or two months.
How many attempts can I make?

In the case of artificial insemination, here at the clinic we recommend a maximum of four attempts, since 90% of pregnancies occur in the first four cycles.
Regarding In-vitro fertilisation or microinjection, our clinic never makes more than four attempts using these techniques.
In the case of egg donation, it is more difficult to establish a limit, this will normally be determined by psychological and also economic factors.

Can you use these techniques when you have already entered menopause?
Yes. Nowadays, it is possible to become a mother after entering menopause, either physiological due to ovarian failure, or after treatment of neoplastic diseases.
In these cases, the reception of eggs from a donor must be used.
What are the biggest concerns of egg or sperm recipient couples?
Anonymity is what worries most couples and, at Clínica Fertia, this is absolutely always guaranteed. Although a patient accepts to undergo the treatment, they do want the upmost discretion.
Another factor that concerns a couple is the health of the donors and the physical resemblance to them.
In our centre, both in the case of sperm donors and egg donors, our goal is to seek that the physical resemblance is as similar as possible to the parents.
Are these treatments expensive?
For a couple with fertility problems to achieve a pregnancy it can cost between 800 and 6,000 euros, if an assisted reproduction technique is used. Although the price not only depends on the technique used, but also on the frequency of its application.
Clínica Fertia is a pioneer in maintaining an honest and transparent policy. Since 2002 we have published the information of the cost of our treatments on our website.

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